Recognize & Report Trafficking

Are you wondering if you or someone you know has been trafficked for sexual or labor purposes?

Here are some warning signs by which you can RECOGNIZE HUMAN TRAFFICKING:

Work & Living Conditions:

  • Is not free to come & go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and performing sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp/manager
  • Is paid little or only through tips
  • Works long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed to take breaks or is unusually restricted at work
  • Works in environment with high security measures (e.g. opaque windows, bars/boards on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Health & Behavior:

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Exhibits fearful or unusual behavior when discussing law enforcement
  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous and/or paranoid
  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Is not allowed to speak for themselves
  • Is not aware of where he/she is (location or city)


  • Has few/no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, bank account or financial records
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Claims just visiting or is unable to clarify where he/she is staying
  • Was recruited through false promises regarding the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • Has many inconsistencies in his/her story
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to repay it

*Please note that this list is neither exhaustive nor cumulative. Other indicators of human trafficking may exist, and not all indicators on this list must be met to qualify a case as human trafficking.

Do you know of a situation of human trafficking?

Please take one of the following actions to REPORT HUMAN TRAFFICKING:

  • Contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733) for specialized victim services referrals or to report the situation. Available 24/7; all reports are confidential; interpreters are available.
  • Call the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking hotline at 504-343-7381. Available 24/7.
  • Submit an online tip to the NHTRC by completing the form found here on the Polaris Project website.
  • If someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

Special thanks to Polaris Project for so generously donating the material found on this page.